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A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that a landmark lawsuit seeking greater reliability in California's vote-counting methods can move forward. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson, in a decision made public Tuesday, rebuffed the California secretary of state's motion to dismiss the suit filed in April by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on behalf of several organizations and individuals. Wilson has set a Jan.
May 11, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Sol Vanzi, Los Angeles Times
Filipinos on Monday appeared set to elect as president the son of late democracy icon Corazon Aquino in an attempt to turn a corner on long years of alleged graft and election fraud. Sen. Benigno Aquino III held a commanding lead with votes from just under 80% of precincts tallied nationwide. He led a nine-candidate presidential race with 40% of the vote, followed by his closest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, who had 25%. Officials say it could take several days to proclaim an outright winner.
September 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) added her name to a bill that would require electronic voting machines to produce a paper record of ballots, one day after a machine she tested in Maryland produced an erroneous result. She signed on as a co-sponsor to legislation filed by Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.). Graham's bill was introduced in response to fears that electronic voting machines used nationwide were subject to human error, could fail or be tampered with.
June 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The manufacturer of touch-screen voting equipment will pay for San Diego County voters to use paper ballots through November 2006, and the county will make its first payment toward the electronic voting machines it bought last year. County officials will also refrain from suing Diebold Election Systems Inc. as part of the agreement announced Wednesday.
October 30, 2008
Re "California sees a surge in mail-in voting," Oct. 27 Nowhere in the article on early voting do you mention that many of us vote by mail because -- after the last two elections -- we don't trust voting machines. For many years, I enjoyed using our garage as a polling place. Then, it apparently was decided that the machines wouldn't fit there, so the polling place was moved to a nearby church. It wasn't the general public that decided to abandon the lovely ritual of voting in neighborhood garages.
November 8, 1992 | Associated Press
About 10,000 Floridians had their votes for President thrown out because they did not understand voting machines, but not enough votes were lost to affect the result, said state elections director Dot Joyce. President Bush won the state by about 85,000 votes in Tuesday's election.
June 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The League of Women Voters rescinded its support of paperless voting machines after hundreds of members voiced concern that paper ballots were the only way to safeguard elections from fraud, hackers or computer malfunctions. About 800 delegates who attended the nonpartisan league's biennial convention voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution that supports "voting systems and procedures that are secure, accurate, recountable and accessible."
November 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
New touch-screen voting machines will be available for Santa Clara County voters in today's elections. The county isn't required to abandon punch-card voting until the presidential primary election in March, but election officials said they wanted to use this smaller local election -- which will involve 279 of the county's more than 900 precincts -- to test the touch-screen system.
September 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Maryland's highest court rejected a citizens group's demands for additional safeguards for touch-screen voting machines, saying election officials have ensured that the paperless devices are accurate and secure. The Court of Appeals, in an order issued in Annapolis, also rejected a call to allow citizens who do not trust touch-screen voting to use paper ballots.
November 5, 2008 | Mark Z. Barabak, Barabak is a Times staff writer.
Barack Obama, the son of a father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, was elected the nation's 44th president Tuesday, breaking the ultimate racial barrier to become the first African American to claim the country's highest office. A nation founded by slave owners and seared by civil war and generations of racial strife delivered a smashing electoral college victory to the 47-year-old first-term senator from Illinois, who forged a broad, multiracial, multiethnic coalition.
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